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National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Mineral Sciences  Search this
Switzer, George S (George Shirley) 1915-2008  Search this
Mason, Brian (Brian Harold) 1917-2009  Search this
Melson, William G. 1938-  Search this
Fudali, Robert F  Search this
Appleman, Daniel E  Search this
Simkin, Tom  Search this
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Division of Mineralogy and Petrology  Search this
United States National Museum  Search this
Physical description:
13.5 cu. ft. processed holdings
51 cu. ft. unprocessed holdings
Color transparencies
Color photographs
Black-and-white photographs
Black-and-white transparencies
Black-and-white negatives
Picture postcards
Series Level Description
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Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the operation of the Department of Mineral Sciences and the research and professional activities of its staff, including George Switzer, Associate Curator and Curator, 1948-1963; Brian Harold Mason, Curator and Curator Emeritus, 1965-2009; William G. Melson, Associate Curator, Curator, and Senior Scientist, 1964- ; Daniel E. Appleman, Crystallographer, 1974-1992; Robert F. Fudali, Geochemist, 1966-1996; and Tom Simkin, Curator and Senior Geologist and Volcanologist, 1972-2009. Records concern the identification and acquisition of specimens; participation in professional societies and mineral exhibitions; the publication of scientific manuscripts; annual reports; research; development of exhibitions; and departmental and divisional administration and include materials related to the correspondence such as reports, bochures, clippings, newsletters, postcards, images, maps, images, and ephemera. Correspondents include geologists and mineralogists; gemologists, jewelers, mineral collectors and dealers; colleges and universities; mining companies; publishers; government agencies; and the general public. Materials predating 1963 were created by the Division of Mineralogy and Petrology.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Geology  Search this
Mineralogy  Search this
Meteorites  Search this
Petrology  Search this
Volcanology  Search this
Research  Search this
Museum exhibits  Search this
Local number:
SIA RS00248
Restrictions & Rights:
Materials less than 15 years old Restricted. Contact reference staff for details
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Correspondence 1936-2008 [National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Department of Mineral Sciences]
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives